World Cup of Softball: U.S. comes back to beat Puerto Rico, 10-3

Puerto Rico catches Americans' attention after taking a 3-0 lead early in the game.
BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 14, 2013
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photo - Amber Freeman (9) of the United States is greeted at home plate by her teammates after hitting a two-run home run to give the United States the lead in the third inning during a game in the World Cup of Softball between the USA and Puerto Rico at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Sunday, July 14, 2013. Team USA won, 10-3 in five innings. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Amber Freeman (9) of the United States is greeted at home plate by her teammates after hitting a two-run home run to give the United States the lead in the third inning during a game in the World Cup of Softball between the USA and Puerto Rico at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Sunday, July 14, 2013. Team USA won, 10-3 in five innings. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Amber Freeman hit the second of her two home runs in Team USA's 10-3 win over Puerto Rico on Sunday in the World Cup of Softball at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

But as she rounded first base, she slipped and came up limping with an injured ankle. She slowly hopped to second base and stood on the bag trying to collect herself.

As she began to slowly walk the rest of the 120 feet to home plate, Puerto Rico's Dayanira Diaz and Galis Lozada jogged over to Freeman and flanked her left and right side to walk her the rest of the way home.

The crowd instantly stood to its feet, and gave a rousing round of applause to Freeman and Lozada and Diaz.

“We only wanted to help her,” Aleimalee Lopez translated. “Because it's a home run and she deserved it. They said that they hope that if something like that would have happened to us, they would have done the same thing in return.

“It's a sport; you just have to respect every athlete for what they do.”

Freeman's first home run gave Team USA its first lead of the game, after she sent a shot over the left center field fence. Her two-run homer would bring in Michelle Moultrie, who came in to pinch run for Nicole Hudson.

In the bottom of the third inning, Rhea Taylor hit a single down the left field line to jump start Team USA”s hitting.

After a wild throw over the first baseman's head, Taylor ran for second base, and continued her sprint to third when she realized the first baseman still didn't have possession of the ball.



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